aer lingus bite Aer Lingus passenger dies
Police are investigating the death of a man on board an Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin yesterday.
According to reports, flight EI 485 had to be diverted to Cork after a man (24) became unwell during the two hour journey.
The man became agitated, fell unconscious and was pronounced dead some time later, the Airline said in a press release.
Reports claim the man began “biting another passenger” and was later restrained by crew after becoming “extremely violent”.
Crew broadcast an emergency ‘Pan Pan’ message three times in quick succession and advised air traffic controllers of an incident on board the Airbus A320-200, reports the Mirror.
The crew had been in contact with controllers at the Irish Aviation Authority’s North Atlantic Communications Service centre at Ballygirreen before landing at Cork airport at around 5.40pm.
The pilot informed controllers of the situation on board and requested clearance to divert and land at the airport after the man started to become “extremely violent”.
Another male passenger who was reportedly bitten during the flight, is being treated at Cork University Hospital.
There was a doctor on board who tried to assist the restrained passenger.
A post-mortem exam is to be carried out in an attempt to establish if the man suffered some form of a seizure or had an underlying medical condition or if there was another reason for his condition.
The 170 passengers and crew members were taken from the plane and transferred by bus to Dublin, according to RTE.
All other flights to and from Aer Lingus were believed to be running on time following the incident.